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Uber May Face $1 Million Fine Due To Drunken-Driving Complaints In California


Uber, the famous business that started helping drunk drivers reach their home safe with a sober driver, has failed multiple times in suspending and investigating drivers in California when they are reported behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol by individuals riding with them. As a result, a fine of $1.13 million has been recommended for it.

The consumer protection arm of the California Public Utility Commission found that the zero tolerance rule was not followed by Uber. 151 complaints were filed in 12 months and only 21 cases were investigated by the police. All the remaining cases are pending. Moreover, cases of sexual harassment were also reported.

There were also some major and shocking revelations against the company when law enforcement came to know the business methods of the company as well.

On Tuesday, the Consumer Protection and Enforcement Division ordered to investigate all the cases filed between August 2014 and August 2015.

The cases will now be handled by an administrative law judge who will see how to proceed cases before sending a case over to the five-member commission.

According to Uber spokeswoman, Eva Behrend, “We’ve significantly improved our processes since then”. She said this about cases that were filed almost 2 or 3 years back. She added, “We have zero tolerance for any impaired driving”. She said that if they find any driver driving drunk, they never give him/her a chance to join Uber again for a job. She further said, “Uber may also deactivate the account of any driver who receives several unconfirmed complaints of drug or alcohol use.”

The commission found that the number of complaints received during the 12 months time period was 2,047 and the company dismissed 574 drivers for getting behind the wheel drunk.

According to Uber, it is running in 74 countries all around the globe. The company has hired more than 147,000 drivers under it.

News Source: www.CNBC.com

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My name is Aaron Bortel. I practice in the state of California. I handle DUI cases exclusively and have been practicing for over 25 years.

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